Monday, December 29, 2014

Finishing up!

I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday!
I remember being young and it seemed to take forEVER for Christmas to arrive.
And I remember hearing adults mutter how time goes so much faster when you're older.
You've heard that, right?
Well, turns out they were RIGHT!
EGADS!
Christmas came and went REALLY quickly this year!
Was it fewer days between Thanksgiving and Christmas?
Maybe.  Yes.  Maybe that was it!
But I didn't feel like I had lots of time to decorate, 
and bake,
and enjoy cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies!

And now here we are less than 51 hours (at press time) from 
a brand new YEAR!
 That means I am in a creative frenzy
trying to finish up as many WIPs as I can!
Regardless of medium!
Knitting WIPS!?  Let's get 'em done!

 Yesterday I got this off the needles!
It's the Honey Cowl.  And a complete indulgence in 100% cashmere.
I did the longer version and cast on 240 stitches.
You can find details here!

Next, I've got my eye on these...


Just plain vanilla socks. 
Lollipop Yarns Beefcake Base in colorway Best Friend.
I've got one done!  And am on the foot of the second!
I really want these off the needles before the ball drops!

 Quilting WIPS?  Only one!
 

All the blocks are done and the setting squares have been cut.
I just need to sew this together!  
Should be 70 x 70 when it's done.
I'm pretty sure I can get this done too!

 
Stitching WIPS?  Probably not going to finish any in 50 hrs and 55 minutes.
But I will try to work on SOMETHING!

Or I might try and squeak another knitting finish in!

Time's a wasting!
Are you in a finishing up mood?
Wanna join me?
Let me know!  We can cheer each other on!

*Peace!


Friday, December 26, 2014

All Is Calm...All Is Bright!







Operation Tradition Restored was a success!
We had a wonderfully blessed Christmas 
and I hope you did, as well!

*Peace!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Tradition & The Nest


I've been thinking alot lately about Tradition.  The definition is clear.
It's time-honored.
It's established.
It's a customary pattern.
 No where in that definition does it say
"IF you move, and WHEN your nest is empty, Tradition ends."

No where.

I don't think I am alone when I say I believe Tradition is prevalent this time of year
especially!


 Last year was our first Christmas alone.
In our new home.
In a different state than all of our kids.
And we were somewhat lost.

You see, our family's Christmas traditions are simple.
Christmas Eve is filled with Christmas lights, some form of oysters,
candlelight, Silent Night (which always ALWAYS makes me cry), and egg nog 
in goblets with Christmas Trees on them.
A Christmas Story is on a continuous loop...
and
Christmas Day....
orange rolls fresh from the oven,
gifts,
then...
for 20 of the last 22 years,
our family, and the hub's extended family, goes bowling
on Christmas Day,
then we come home and enjoy a feast of prime rib and naps.
Yes...I did say bowling.  
I know, I know...when I first came into the clan,
I thought it was a bit odd to go bowling on Christmas Day.  
Mainly because I grew up in a very small town and NOTHING was even OPEN on Christmas Day!  Especially the bowling alley!
But....


it's TRADITION!  
So it's what we do.
And the kids LOVED it each and every year.
I say 20 out of 22, 
because one year we were actually snowed in and unable to even travel 
within the city to the bowling alley!
And then last year...
we were out of our realm,
out of our norm,
alone,
with an empty nest and a weird Christmas.

So we didn't really do any of our traditional things.
And we were lost.

So I've been thinking alot about past Christmases
and trying not to be sad that we have an empty nest at Christmas.
I've decided that we MUST...

We HAVE to....

carry on the TRADITIONS!
We just have to.
Period.
It's not up for discussion.
It's who we ARE!

It's why Christmas was so weird last year!


This year.
Without a doubt, there will be 
Christmas lights,
some form of oysters,
candlelight,
Silent Night,
a tear or two streaming,
eggnog in the Christmas Tree goblets,
A Christmas Story on continuous loop,
orange rolls on Christmas morning,
gifts opened,
Facetime with all of the kids and their families,
in three different time zones,
and we will go bowling.

The hubs and I will go bowling.

And then we will come home and
feast on Prime Rib
and take a nap.

And all will be right in our world again.
And we will hope the kids are doing some form of our traditions
themselves!!
At the very least, my hope is that they will also draw some
comfort knowing that 
mom and dad are still doing all of the things
they are used to us doing for 
Christmas!

After all...
it's Tradition!
And it doesn't end when the nest is empty!
Right?

What traditions do you have?
I'd love to know!

*Peace!